About the campaign to

Empower Women in Bantayan Island

From May 27- June 8, TIGRA held its first Resilience Tour wherein 10 environmental and social justice advocates from the US traveled to Philippine coastal areas impacted by climate change. For two weeks, we learned how coastal communities are impacted by environmental, political and economic forces, and how they are organizing to stand stronger in the face of threats to their lives and livelihoods. In Bantayan Island, we spent 9 days working and learning alongside community members to repair boats and rehabilitate the dumpsite- communities devastated by Typhoon Haiyan six months earlier. We also spent days and nights in conversation with men, women and children about their life aspirations and the barriers to genuine community resilience.

As part of our commitment to continue supporting the organizations and individuals we met, we are starting a fund to support a second Resilience Tour. Our initial P100,000 will enable women leaders from Bantayan Island to travel to other areas of the Philippines to engage with active practitioners of community-based coastal resource management (CBCRM) and community-based ecotourism (CBET). We believe that expanding the networks and knowledge of women leaders, is key to building resilient communities in Bantayan Island and across the Philippines. The principles that inform this Resilience Fund are: • Women empowerment • Peer mentoring • Community-led solutions  • Environmental sustainability

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